ICAST ORLANDO 2016

One Third of the HUGE Icast Floor, way off on the far wall is the fly zone

 I can hear the sound

Of slamming doors and folding chairs
And that’s a sound they’ll never know

Now roll them cases out and lift them amps
Haul them trusses down and get ’em up them ramps
‘Cause when it comes to moving me
You know, you guys are the champs

But when that last guitar’s been packed away
You know that I still want to play
So just make sure you got it all set to go
Before you come for my piano: Jackson Browne, The Load Out



I’m sitting 14 stories above the mayhem of Load Out from ICAST 2016, and Jackson Browne’s melancholy is ringing in my ears, a keyboard, a screen and intermittent wifi connection my cross, rather than breaking down rod samples, tearing down a booth and lugging boxes.

My desk is littered with business cards, scattered notes, catalogues and coozie, a small bottle of gin and a bigger cold brew coffee maker, lime halves and restaurant receipts, and a blonde asleep in the bed: Fear and Loathing in Orlando.

My wife has the best idea, catching up on lost shuteye. Sitting here trying to make a little sense of the mayhem of the last four days is akin to making sense of a tornado in its immediate passing. At best you are glimpsing snapshots, a leaf here and there, so here is my Orlando Photo Essay, to quote the good Doctor: “For Good or Ill”.

1 _ We fly fishers might consider ourselves the pointy end of the fishing pyramid, but the base of the triangle is enormous. The IFTD was alloted a wafer thin section of the Show, with the conventional tackle aisle stretching on foreever. The image above is just a third of the floor space. In the interests of journalistic research I wanted to spend some time looking around “over there”, but to be honest I don’t walk that far anymore without a fish at the other end. The lesson if we want to execute any change to improve fisheries we have to bring them with us, the numbers convey enormous clout.

There was a lot to like about the Sage One, but flat out the new replacement the Sage X is going to probably appeal to more people. This is a ridiculously easy casting rod, with a lot more going for it at normal fishing ranges. The One at times almost had too much grunt.

We will have demo examples for casting in the shop on  August 1 and models for sale if not then a couple of days later.

Orvis is going to have some interesting rods for our waters including a one-piece 5wt, ideal if you have a river cabin, and an H2 Covert in trout weights a blacked out stealth version. A $425 10′ 3wt Recon is going to generate some interest as well.

Our friends at TFO will be delivering up the Gary Loomis made Edge rods in an expanded range. I’m really keen to play with the 9′ 5wt fast action Alpha rod.

Our newest reel addition Nautilus are selling one thing better delivery. We have really had a great reception to the X reel, though it arrived about 6 months late. The Nautilus crew make awesome reels and I love some of the custom colors _who says black reels are better. But this is a really high grade performance package for under $300 in a 5wt. Come in and check them out.

Traditionalist will love the Orvis Battenkill Disc’s return, under $200 and reel which just looks well Orvis. These will be 2017.

Sage are adding a new color to the very popular 2200 series. These will be in stock as soon as we can get them.

One of the smartest products at the show was this cooler based gear organisation system from Umpqua. With the amount of Yeti coolers around in White River Jon boats these are going to become a familiar item for taking care of all of the little odds and sods you need handy. November arrival

Meeting old friends is one of the best reasons for coming to the show. My wife swears Chris Willen and I were discussing recipies. Somehow I think she is making it up.

That aside we have got some cool stuff in the makings, with some visitors we are planning to introduce y’all too through classes, or the Lovefest. Stay tuned.

I’m old enough to remember when the fly fishing uniform was a cotton vest, and a beige shirt. Not any more. We have been sniffing out some new brands to add to our selection of Simms, Howler Bros and Orvis, partoicularly on the logo front.

We want to keep you dry, cool enough, warm enough, sun protected enough and looking damn good while you are doing it. And you don’t really have to have yellow palm tree on your flat brim cap to catch more fish. But I’m pretty sure it will get you noticed.

FLYMEN Fishing Co has released these double barrel popper heads and dinosaur eye that are ridiculously cool. They are on their way.

THE LOVEFEST: BIGGEST YET

THE PORTENTS ARE GOOD

We have got big fish, we have got water, we have an awesome lineup of tyers, we have got ridiculous array of schwag, and we have got some killer BBQ.

The 2016 Streamer Lovefest is looking ridiculously good, for the past few years we have been sweating on water & fish & the myriad of little things that go into this event.

Things kick off with the Lafkas/Johnson Streamer Class on January 23 and the Kelly Galloup tying class on January 24. On January 30 we also have Michael Schmidt tying classes. Limited seats available on all 3 classes click for details

WE have had our buds at Yeti Coolers jump onboard, offering up a Cooler will be including in the drawing on the night to raise funds for our local Trout Unlimited Chapter.

Our mate Rob Williams at Shawnee/Supreme boats is the Yeti Supplier for our guide team, and is the sponsor of our killer BBQ dinner from KT’s Smokehouse in Gassville.

Eric Kraimer from Simms will be along during the day, doing wader leak testing and repair advice, plus answering any questions on staying warm and dry this streamer season.

Darin & Steve will be towing in the Sage, Rio & Redington Trailer for our “Feel The Difference” event where you will be able to come to grips in a very hands on way with the new RIO low stretch Intouch sinking lines & the strongest tippet around Powerflex Plus.

You can also get to test cast the lineup of Streamer sticks you will find in all our guide boats, the Sage Method, Salt, Bolt & Motiv.

WE will also have representation from Rainy’s Flies and Umpqua, and a bunch of giveaways from our suppliers.

Above all it going to be one heck of a party.

RIO Powerflex Plus – 20% stronger leader and tippet

Introducing the new RIO Powerflex Plus leaders and tippets, finally.

We think this stuff has the potential to be a difference maker on our rivers when your next hook set could turn into something truly serious. Having an extra pound breaking strength in 5x could mean the difference between heartbreak and elation.

We were laying off making a big splash over this new product from the crew at RIO a few months back , due to some hiccups in the supply process. But here it is now in stock at Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher.

Check it out

3 Things that Will Help Better Your Streamer Game – by Chad Johnson | RIO

Dally’s head guide Chad Johnson put Barry Annalora onto this 30″ White River brown trout, last month

Three tips from our head guide Chad “Mississippi” Johnson to make you a better streamer fisher over on the RIO Products blog. Chad is a RIO guide and our streamer guides predominately use RIO sinking lines.

Chad’s article will take your streamer fishing from being a person who just casts 8″ streamers to one who really fishes big streamers for trophies

Check it out over on the RIO blog.

 

 

 

WIN A NEW SAGE

TEST cast the new Sage rods, tune up your old rod and you could be in the running to win a new Sage BOLT fly rod on October 3 & 4.

In addition to our normal FFF SOC Fly Fishing Fair events this year we will be hosting a Sage, Rio and Redington’s Roadshow Trailer at the flyshop in Cotter. Here you will be able to cast the BOLT, MOD and PULSE rods, and check out the new RIO fly lines and other products.

We are also offering free rod tune-up sessions. Bring along your favorite 5wt, or 6wt and you will be able to trial different RIO fly lines to find out which suits your casting action and the rod action. Looking for better presentation, a better performance in the wind or simply easier can we can help you out.

Pick up your entry form at the Sage, Rio Redington booth or the Dally’s booth at the Fly Fishing Fair (or print out the one above) and take it to Darin at the Trailer to get entered for the new BOLT. This $650 fast action rod is all about line speed. We think the 8wt is going to be a great addition to our streamer rod lineup, the 6wt is a hot stick for smallmouth, hopper fishing and the spring bass runs.

SAGE & REDINGTON SALE & DEMO _ FRIDAY

 

JUMP on these great deals on these discontinued Sage reels, rods, boat bags and Redington waders and boots.

The sale on Click Reels, TXL-F rods, technical waist packs and Redington mens Palix wader and boots and women’s Willow wader and boots kicks off with our Demo Day Friday afternoon when we will have the Sage, Rio and Redington team in town. We will have snacks and drinks available and get to cast, pat or checkout the range.

Darin and Steve will also be talking about the new additions to the Sage Range which are coming in the secod half of the year, plus the existing models. The guys will be setting up their trailer and tent out the front of the store on Friday around 2pm and staying through 6pm.

Test The New Sages At The Fly Fishing Fair

 

SWING BY the Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher or Sage booths at the Fly Fishing Fair next week and try out the hottest new Sage rods, the SALT and ACCEL rods, and Grace outfits.

The new SALT is a really muscular stick, despite its light feel, that isn’t going to back down in the face of coastal winds, and powerful fish. We are looking forward to strapping one of these up with an Outbound Short Type 6 line and one of the new 8” plus streamers we have been working on since summer to go chase some big brown trout.

The ACCEL is a real revelation, a deliciously smooth, lightweight modern rod without an $800 price tag. Using technology one generation backwards, and some sweet tapers there is a lot to love about the ACCEL. There are some particularly sweet rods for our fishing, the 5wts for all around fishing, the 8wt for streamers and the 6wt is getting a lot of attention from our crew as our next hopper rod.

The Grace series comes in 2 models an 8wt and a 5wt, and is an eye popping pic, from the rod and reel case to the Rio Gold line and the 3200 series reel and rod itself. But it’s not all about the Pink, though this will be high on the list of buying decisions. I really dig the 8’6” rod 5wt, while the 9’ 8wt I’m going to be playing with next week. I know someone who is a pink fan and who needs her own 8wt. SHHHH.

We  also will have a bunch of the new Intouch low stretch flylines you can also check out  _ the Intouch Gold, Grand and Xtreme Indicator_ we have been running these all summer on our own and on guide rods. They are at their best when you need feel on the hookup: soft hackles, buggers, streamers, plus they are lethal on dry fly hookups.

The big question of course, would the low stretch result in more breakoffs on our standard 5x rigs with our fly fishers. The answer pleasantly was none.

The Intouch Xtreme Indicator might the best line for bobbers and nymphing I’ve used, and Ben and I have really notice newcomers to the fly rod really getting results off this line. The taper really turns over nicely, powerfully but without the clunkiness I’ve found on indicator lines in the past. I’m not sure the low stretch has as much advantage in nymphing situations as say bugger fishing, but we’ve caught a lot of fish on it.

These are definitely worth looking at.